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- DescriptionThat parents in China greatly value higher education for their children is a well-kwn aspect of contemporary Chinese culture, but the intensity and effects of their desire to achieve this goal have largely gone unexamined - until w. Governing Educational Desire explores this universal desire for a college education and its vast consequences, which include household and national ecomic priorities, birthrates, ethnic relations, and patterns of governance. Where does this desire come from? Andrew B. Kipnis approaches this question in four different ways. First, he focuses in detail on one Chinese county, Zouping. Then, he widens his scope to examine the provincial and national governmental policies that affect educational desire. Digging into the history of education in East Asia, Kipnis moves on to explore the way contemporary governing practices were shaped by the Confucian examination system. Finally, to discover the universal in the local, he compares the social dynamics of a cross-section of Zouping communities. In doing so, Kipnis provides t only an illuminating analysis of education in China but also a thought-provoking reflection on what educational desire can tell us about the relationship between culture and government.
- Author BiographyAndrew B. Kipnis is a senior fellow in the Departments of Anthropology and Political and Social Change at the Australian National University. He is the author of China and Postsocialist Anthropology: Theorizing Power and Society after Communism and Producing Guanxi: Sentiment, Self and Subculture in a North China Village.
- Author(s)Andrew B. Kipnis
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication19/04/2011
- SubjectAdult & Further Education
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note16 halftones, 2 tables
- Weight295 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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